Nelson Suburbs “re-launched” its club with a new look and some new faces last weekend.
Suburbs are the region’s top football club, with a team playing in the Mainland Premier League which features the top club teams from Christchurch.
Committee member Phil Williams says the re-launch was the beginning of a concerted effort to make the club more inviting and “family-friendly”.
“The first part was a club rebrand and the second was to create a more social environment within the club.”
Suburbs has dozens of teams in the junior grades and six senior mens and womens teams.
Phil says the new look was to give the club a “modern feel” while also returning it to the club’s original colour of sky-blue.
A new logo, apparel sponsor, major club sponsors and website have also been a part of the re-launch.
Phil says more work to the clubrooms is to come.
“We want to make our clubrooms more inviting and create a more family-friendly club.”
To help kick-off the re-launch, the club played four games at its Saxton Field base on Saturday.
A combined 1st and 2nd division team lost 4-2 to a combined Tahuna FC team.
A more social match between a combined Suburbs Rovers and Seals team easily beat a visiting Wellington side 8-1.
While the Mainland League team suffered a 2-1 loss to Cashmere Tech.
Phil says pre-season training has begun for all senior teams and anyone wanting more information about playing can visit nelsonsuburbs.co.nz.